I have been struggling with acne now for about 5 or 6 years now. I am 28. didnt really get it too bad in my teen years, just got worse in my 20's. i have tried so many different things. Benzo, bcp, mino, tetra, erythromycin, clindamycin, proactive, egg mask, b-5, retin-a...etc...Anyway i was putting my Queen Helen mint julep mask on last night (i only put it on my redness and break out areas) i looked in the mirror and thought ...hmmmm i am crystal clear on the entire rest of my face. Well to make a long story short, the areas where i put the mask is the same areas where i use nair facial hair remover. (along jaw line, chin and upper lip). which are the only places on my face to break out. could there be a connection? I really dont want to quit removing the hair, but i guess the acne is more noticeable than the hair. come to think of it i didnt start removing hair from my face until about 5 years ago or so....does anyone else experience this??
You have hormonal acne and A LOT of people experience the same things, you aren't alone. Have you gotten on birth control or seen any specialist about your hormones? You probably have too many male hormones (androgens) throughout your body and there are things other than topicals and antibiotics that can help. I only get acne on my chin, the rest is crystal clear too. But get checked by an endocrinologist or at least try to get on a pill that is known to help acne (ortho, yasmin, dianette, etc.)
yes, if you go back thru june posts. I have discovered that it most likely is hormonal acne. Even though i have had acne since i was 14, and it was all over my face then. But i changed my bc pill to yasmin, thanks to the help of linnybee. but i went to my derm today, saw a different doctor and he prescibed accutane right away for me. SInce yours started later. when you were in your 20's. its def. hormonal. BC pill might be the way to go. its those darn androgens.
those little machines dont work. I even tried electrolysis professionally. (too painful). Anyway maybe i need to go see a specialist. i have only seen my primary doctor for my problem. thanks for the advice.
Nair could definately be the reason. Your face is sensitive and the chemicals in Nair could be causing your face to break out. Why don't opt to waxing those places? You could do this at home with Sally Hansen Professional Formula Warm Wax Hair Remover Kit (it's a black tub with wax). You can buy popsicle sticks (used to apply the wax) and muslin material (cut it into strips the size of the area you wish to wax).
Heat the wax in the microwave then apply it to your face with a popsicle stick. Immediately following that, place the muslin on top of the wax and press it so the wax adheres to the material. Pull the muslin in the opposite direction that the hair grows to remove the hair.
This avoids spending more money at a salon and having to make appointments.
It can be purchased at Wal-mart, Walgreens, Eckerds, etc. for ~$6.
[This message has been edited by gurlygurlz (edited 06-28-2003).]